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Term 4, Week 3 - 2019


Every 3 years our Board of Trustees conducts a major consultation with our school community. We are reflecting on the things we do well and checking that our strategic direction aligns with the majority of our community – along with looking for fresh ideas that would enhance our school even more.

This survey can be completed EITHER on line or in a paper copy. We request only one response per family, so you can choose your preferred method to feedback to us. The link to complete the survey will come directly to your email address early next week, via Survey Monkey. All responses are eligible for an entry into a lucky draw to receive a prize. We encourage you to take the time to complete the survey – even if you do it electronically, you can pause and come back to it when you have a spare few minutes.

Paper copies of the survey can be placed in the ballot box in the school office – your entry into the lucky draw goes into the lucky draw box sitting beside the STRIVE voucher box (also in the office area).

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Term 4, Week 2 - 2019


Our BoT has opted into the new Ministry initiative that provides us with additional funding in return for not requesting parent donations. This is a decision that the Board will review annually.
So this means that you will not be asked to send money for day trips, online subscriptions, kete celebrations, visiting performers, sport providers (during the school day) etc.

The exceptions to this ‘lack of request’ for payments are out-of–school sports registrations, stationery/uniform sales, and overnight stays/camps, for which we will continue to request support.

This will obviously considerably reduce the number of occasions that we are requesting money from you. Hip, hip, hooray I can hear you say! If you are a regular depositer into a ‘family account’ you may wish to consider reducing this payment as we will only be requesting payments for the very few exceptions. (eg school camp is only once every 2 years, supplied stationery for TKW/TKP is only once a year, and it is up to you as to whether your child plays out of school sport).

Fundraising events such as sausage sizzles, juicies etc will remain ‘user pays’.

We have reached that point in the year where we are commencing forward planning for next year’s classes etc. It sometimes comes as a surprise to parents if your child is placed in the same kete as they have been in this year. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE BEEN HELD BACK – each kete has 2 year levels of children.
In fact, we only have 5 kete and most children are at our school for 6 – 6 1⁄2 years, so children who start here as 5 year olds will definitely spend 2 years in at least one of the kete.

Chat with your child’s teacher if you are unclear about this – we usually find parents have more difficulty with understanding this than the children and this can result in children being given mixed messages.

If you know you will not be returning next year (or you know someone moving into our zone for 2020), please let us know at the office as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your help.

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Term 4, Week 1 - 2019

Welcome to Term 4 everyone – it is always an ‘action packed’ term, with normal programmes of work, assessments, end of year celebrations, preparation for 2020 and lots more.
We have welcomed Mrs Handcock back into TKA this term, and have also had 12 new students start at our school this week. Nau mai, haere mai to each of you! We are confident you will love being part of the very special culture of the Hokowhitu School whanau and community!

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Term 3, Week 10 - 2019

Our huge congratulations to the Dance NZ Made team who were the second runners up in the Year 3 – 6 section of the National finals last Saturday night. What an amazing result.
Mrs Flaus and Miss Tayler were also awarded with a trophy that recognised their commitment and passion for the performing arts.

This award is ‘the Dance NZ Made Teachers Award’ in starstruck memory of Drew Pouniu’

How special (and appropriate) it is for them to be the first recipients of this award. It sits proudly in our trophy cabinet here at school.
We are very proud of you all!

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Term 3, Week 9 - 2019

Thanks so much to everyone who made the time on Tuesday evening to come and visit all the kete and enjoy the visual arts displays. We are so fortunate to have so many creative and talented teachers and akonga here at Hokowhitu School. We had so many families through the school – your attendance at these things sends us a clear message that you value opportunities to share in your children’s learning. Thank you. It was amazing!

The winner of the ‘art pack’ prize will be announced at next Friday morning’s assembly.

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